Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. B45
    Guest
    #1

    We're going to go see/watch basketball game. Are both okay?

    We're going to go see/watch basketball game.

    Are both okay?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #2

    Re: We're going to go see/watch basketball game. Are both okay?

    Either, though I like "watch" better. People usually "see" movies but "watch" games.


    You need to say "a basketball game." Or "the basketball game" if the listener knows which one you are talking about.

  2. Jill Dorchester's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2014
    • Posts: 223
    #3

    Re: We're going to go see/watch basketball game. Are both okay?

    First of all, whether you're seeing it or watching it, "basketball game" requires an indefinite article; it should be either "a basketball game" or "the basketball game."

    AmE seems to have its own rules when it comes to discussing sports. If the people in your quote are planning to attend a basketball game in person, they would say "We're going to the basketball game." If they plan to view the game on TV, they would say "We're going to watch the basketball game." (Actually, in normal conversation, they'd be very specific, saying "We're going to watch the Pistons game" or something along those lines.)

    Using "see the basketball game" is correct grammar but not standard usage.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #4

    Re: We're going to go see/watch basketball game. Are both okay?

    Jill, you wrote an "indefinite article" and then gave a choice of both types of articles.

Similar Threads

  1. they win the game or won the game
    By sebayanpendam in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-May-2011, 20:23
  2. watch over/watch/keep an eye?
    By jeradmy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jan-2009, 13:27

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •